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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Myanmar is starting to attract attention from several international brandsSoutheast Asia – a strategic sourcing review 4 February 2016

Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar continue to attract huge interest as apparel supply bases – and a new report from just-style aims to make it easier for retailers, brands and importers to evaluate the key advantages and challenges of sourcing and manufacturing in each country.

Update – Calls for long-term stability after latest US port strike 4 February 2016

Retailers are calling on unions to seek long-term stability at East Coast and Gulf Coast ports in the US after what has been described as an illegal walkout by dockworkers last week. 

The new pre-collections show will take place two months  before Première Vision ParisPremière Vision planning to launch pre-collection show 4 February 2016

Leading trade show organiser Première Vision is planning a new concept to align with the season's earliest pre-collections.

China factory activity continues to deteriorate 3 February 2016

The downturn in manufacturing activity in China has extended into 2016, with new data showing that operating conditions continued to deteriorate in January for the eleventh month in a row, albeit at a modest pace.

Columbia Sportswear taps new manager for China venture 3 February 2016

Thirteen-year Nike veteran Jason Zhu has been named as general manager of Columbia Sportswear Commercial (Shanghai), the China joint venture between Columbia Sportswear Company and Swire Resources.

Vietnam may overtake China as the largest importer of cotton this seasonCheap polyester contributes to shifts in cotton imports 2 February 2016

The ongoing drop in polyester prices is hurting cotton consumption in China, with Vietnam now poised to overtake China as the largest importer of cotton in the current year.

Poland and Czech Republic workers in poverty wages claim 2 February 2016

Low wages, forced and unpaid overtime, and a harmful work environment are among violations likely to be faced by garment workers in Poland and the Czech Republic, according to the latest in a series of investigations by labour rights campaigners.

$3m project provides textile skills training to Karachi youth 2 February 2016

More than 13,000 youth and women from marginalised households in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi are set to benefit from a three-year training programme that aims to provide them with technical skills in the garment and home textiles industries.

Researchers pilot eco-friendly wrinkle-resistant fabric 2 February 2016

A team of researchers has piloted what is described as a nontoxic, renewable, and economic method for giving cotton fabrics enhanced wrinkle recovery and dimensional stability.

Key Bangladesh factory safety issues still not fixed 1 February 2016

Progress in improving worker rights and factory safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment continues to frustrate stakeholders in the EU-led Sustainability Compact, with many key issues remaining "priority areas" despite repeated attempts to push for change.

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